Aston Villa vs. Newcastle: Key Battles That Will Shape Premier League Game

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Aston Villa vs. Newcastle: Key Battles That Will Shape Premier League Game
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Newcastle United face their first away game of the 2014-15 campaign on Saturday, and the trip to Aston Villa will throw up some intriguing personal battles.

The Magpies come into the clash fresh from a 2-0 defeat to Premier League champions Manchester City last weekend, while Paul Lambert’s men earned a 1-0 win at Stoke City.

Despite the loss at St. James’ Park, there were encouraging signs from the Toon on Sunday, and boss Alan Pardew will be keen to profit from those positives in the second city.

Both clubs are desperate to put last season’s disappointments behind them, and ahead of what should be a revealing fixture, Bleacher Report looks at some of the key battles that will shape events at Villa Park. 

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